DOG owners in Wirral are set to be subject to tough new rules governing where they can walk their pets.

But owners should also know the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) laying out the new rules and set to be approved by councillors next week, also contains various other strict new measures related to dog activity on the Peninsular – which could come into effect from April onwards.

The order, which includes 117 locations with new restrictions on dogs, would also include requiring owners to carry poo bags, and a limit on the number of pets that can be walked by a single person.

Here are six other ways dog walkers would be affected, if the PSPO is approved by the council:

1. Owners must have means to pick up and properly dispose of the poo

In the public spaces outlined in the order, dog owners will need to be able to “demonstrate that they have suitable means of disposal” – a poo bag or otherwise – to an authorised officer.

This will be the case when that officer has “determined that the person has breached” any of the rules in the order.

2. Owners must put dogs on a lead where directed

In the spaces outlined in the order, dog owners must, when ordered to do so by an authorised officer, put and keep their pet on a lead – unless they have a “reasonable excuse” not to do so.

The order said officers may only give this direction when needed, to “prevent behaviour likely to cause a detrimental effect on the quality of life” of others in the area.

3. And that lead must be shorter than a certain length

The rules stipulate that the lead must be no longer than 2m in length – a rope, cord, leash or a “similar item used to tether, control or restrain a dog”.

4. There’s also a new rule about the number of dogs owners will be able to walk

The new rules say owners must not walk more than six dogs at any time on areas specified in the order – unless they have consent to do so by the person or authority in control of the land.

5. There are specific dates as to when dogs can go on football and cricket pitches

It was revealed on Monday that sports pitches, including those at Harrison Park in New Brighton, Arrowe Park fields in Woodchurch and Birkenhead Park will be subject to the new bans.

But these particular bans will only be in force during the season – for football pitches between August 1 and May 31, and for cricket pitches between April 1 and September 30 each year.

6. This is what owners who fall foul of the rules and are caught will have to do

People who are caught by officers falling foul of the rules will have to immediately provide their full name, address and date of birth unless they have a “reasonable excuse” to not do so, or the owner, occupier or authority in charge of the land has consented to them failing to do so.

Details of the PSPOs, which include bans and new restrictions governing that dogs must be kept on leads at cemeteries, picnic areas and playgrounds across the borough, were released on Monday.

It included 117 places across Wirral, and will be discussed by the environment overview and scrutiny committee at Wallasey Town Hall on January 15.

If approved by the committee next week, it would then be for the cabinet member for environment, Cllr Anita Leech, to give final approval for it to come into force on April 1.

It would be made under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, with enforcement carried out by the council’s litter squad, Kingdom.

When the proposals were introduced in June, they also included dog bans on beaches around the borough.

There was a huge public backlash at the time, with a petition signed by over 15,000 people, and the council announced shortly after that the beach plans – as well as ruling dogs to be kept on leads in public areas of allotment sites – would be cancelled.

The council says the measures are part of a bid to clamp down on dog fouling and a rise in incidents such as dog attacks in the borough – which rose from 23 in 2012 to 170 in 2017.

The authority added that the Ipsos Mori Residents Survey carried out in 2017 found dog fouling to be “very important” to Wirral residents.